Now in its third year, World Vision Philippines once again launched #GirlsCan to support and help vulnerable girls achieve their dreams and potential. Aside from providing long-term and sustainable solutions for life transformation, the campaign aims to promote the significance of empowering girls and women which are key components of World Vision programs and advocacies, especially in the Philippines.
#GirlsCan: Protecting and Empowering Women
There are various issues surrounding girls in the country and violence against children remains one of the major concerns. In fact, the Department of Justice reported an increase of 264% cases in online sexual exploitation in 2020.
“Though this is a huge increase, we know that it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases go undetected, unreported and unresponded. Online sexual exploitation of children or OSEC is a hidden, layered and complex crime that robs Filipina girls off of their childhood,” says Jezreel Hannah Domingo, World Vision Philippines Child Protection Manager.
“Girls should be empowered through positive life skills and asset building for them to know their rights and build their personal safety. When they are empowered, they learn to speak up, seek help and become positive instruments of change for younger girls,” Domingo added.
She also stressed the importance of strengthening the families to nurture and protect their children and reinforcing community-based mechanisms for identifying and protecting child victims of OSEC through stronger detection and investigation procedures.
Meanwhile, in education, over 2 million girls drop out of school while more adolescent girls get pregnant and give birth every day. While poverty remains the leading cause of these alarming problems, there are always ways how to empower girls to break free.
Different Programs for Girls and Women
With #GirlsCan, girls are given the opportunity to be empowered through various World Vision programs that address the needs of girls and women like the Savings Groups and Livelihood programs for Women entrepreneurs such as the Sustaining Women’s Economic Empowerment Thrust (SWEET project), Project ACE that combats exploitation of children, Maternal and Child Health Programs, Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines Project, and the Menstrual Hygiene Campaign.
Over the years, the campaign has successfully supported thousands of young girls. It aims to support 1000 more this year, in celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October 11.
To know how you can support #GirlsCan, visit https://t.co/RAUn2HPxP7. Follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram, and @worldvisionph on Twitter.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.